Rising sports stars encouraged to apply to unique sponsorship scheme

Published: 14 January 2019

Up-and-coming athletes in Slough are being given the opportunity to receive funding from a local leisure provider as part of its athletes mentoring scheme.

Everyone Active is urging aspiring sports stars to apply for funding and support as part of its Everyone Active Sporting Champions scheme. An online application form will be open from Monday 21 January to Friday 22 February.

The scheme, which is entering its fourth year, has helped over 800 local athletes to achieve their sporting potential by offering them access to high-quality training facilities, financial support and expert advice.

All athletes are provided with free access to Everyone Active’s centres across the country, and those on the higher tiers of the programme can also receive a sponsorship grant of up to £5,000 to help towards their training and competition costs.

Athletes on the scheme are also given exclusive opportunities to join mentoring sessions led by some of Britain’s most influential sports stars including Olympic silver medallist Colin Jackson CBE. In 2018, the scheme hosted two sessions across the country which not only included talks from industry experts but Olympic and Paralympic athletes were also on hand to share their experiences with upcoming athletes.

Last year, the scheme launched its first Awards Ceremony to recognise athletes’ achievements throughout the year. A total of nine awards were given to athletes across regional and national categories including the Sporting Champion of the Year.

Everyone Active operates four leisure facilities, including Salt Hill Leisure and the Ice Arena, in partnership with Slough Borough Council, and is encouraging local athletes to apply for the scheme.

Jon Senior, Everyone Active’s regional director, said: “We are proud to have invested over £500,000 in helping upcoming athletes up and down the country to achieve their goals and continue in their sporting career.

“We have exciting plans for the future of the scheme and I would encourage any athletes from Slough that are looking not just for funding but also mentoring for their future sports career to apply for Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme.”

Councillor Rob Anderson, cabinet member for environment and leisure, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for all aspiring athletes in Slough.

“And what a great time to be awarded with free access to our borough’s sports facilities. With the huge amount of investment into the town’s leisure provision over the past few years, our future sporting stars will get to train using the best state of the art equipment and in brand new modern venues.

‘I would urge any young talented sports person who is thinking about a sporting career to apply today and kick start your future. Who knows, in years to come you could be representing Great Britain and flying the flag for Slough.”

Applicants should visit www.easportingchampions.com/apply-now/ and fill out the online application form.

For more information about Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme please visit www.easportingchampions.com